One of my all-time favourite things about summer is the chance to catch up with friends and family over a long meal. Whether it’s a lazy lunch or a chilled-out evening barbecue, I love setting the table with a creative twist, entertaining my guests and rustling up a homemade feast.
To help everything go as smooth as butter (food on the brain), here are my best tips for creating an elegant, inviting, warm and relaxed setting for your next summer soiree!
BACK TO BASICS
Nothing looks more welcoming than a big, open, cosy wooden table. Using this as your starting point, choose a bright summery tablecloth or even try making your own place settings with butcher’s paper (you can see my post on that here). Très rustique (and super affordable too)!
MAKE A STATEMENT
A stunning centerpiece like a vase or candelabra is sure to create a “wow” moment when your guests walk in the room. Choose showstopper pieces that reflect your personal style, but make sure to keep the decor at a low height so that your guests can see each other. You want to keep the conversation flowing.
When it comes to a stylish table, I typically opt for chic stemless glasses, extreme flute shapes and coloured classics (they make it easy for guests to spot their drink!). If you’re on a budget, then mason jars or mismatched jars in your pantry will give your dinner setting plenty of summer charm.
ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE
Dress up your table with splashes of gold and silver, like chic napkin rings and weights, wine glass trinkets and tea light candles – basically, all that glitters!
SHOP THE LOOK
Hex Champagne Bucket, TOM DIXON – $337.91
Chevron Grande Tablecloth, AURA BY TRACIE ELLIS – $74.25
Coral Gold Napkin Ring, JUNG LEE NY – $87.55
Set of 4 Tidbit Plates, KATE SPADE – $44.70
Pennant Small Vase, ZANUI – $84.95
Ruffled Collection Plates, MACY’S – $59.70
Monogram Champagne Flutes, MACY’S – $44.70
Decanter with Silverplated Base, ZERUTTI – $149.95
5-Piece Setting in Copper, ALMOCO FLATWARE – $68.25
Set of 2 Metallic Vases, ZANUI – $69.95
Still need more inspo? Check out our gorgeous gallery below and let your creative side run wild!